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List of famous female geneticists, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female geneticists list contains the most prominent and top females known for being geneticists. There are thousand of females working as geneticists in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic geneticists have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a geneticist then the people below should give you inspiration.

People include everyone from Ruth Sager to Denise Sheer.

While this isn't a list of all female geneticists, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female geneticists?" and "Who are the best female geneticists?"
Barbara McClintock is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Geneticists
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Barbara McClintock, was an American scientist and cytogeneticist who was awarded the 1983 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. McClintock received her PhD in botany from Cornell University in 1927. There she started her career as the leader in the development of maize cytogenetics, the focus of ...more

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Age: Died at 90 (1902-1992)

Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, United States of America

Profession: Geneticist, Scientist

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Ruth Sager is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Geneticists
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Ruth Sager was an American geneticist. Sager enjoyed two scientific careers. Her first was in the 1950s and 1960s when she pioneered the field of cytoplasmic genetics by discovering transmission of genetic traits through Chloroplast DNA, the first known example of genetics not involving the cell ...more

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Age: Died at 79 (1918-1997)

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Profession: Geneticist

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Leena Peltonen-Palotie was a Finnish geneticist who contributed to the identification of 15 genes for Finnish heritage diseases, including arterial hypertension, schizophrenia, lactose intolerance, arthrosis and multiple sclerosis. She was considered one of the world's leading molecular ...more

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Age: Died at 58 (1952-2010)

Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland

Profession: Geneticist, Scientist

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Mira Aroyo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Geneticists
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Mira Aroyo is a Bulgarian musician, known as the secondary vocalist and one of the keyboardists and songwriters of the electronic band Ladytron, as well as a DJ. She writes and sings her songs for Ladytron in Bulgarian as well as English. Prior to a full-time career in music, Aroyo was studying for ...more

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Age: 40

Birthplace: Sofia, Bulgaria

Profession: Geneticist, Musician, Disc jockey

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Dame Anne Laura Dorinthea McLaren, DBE, FRS, FRCOG was a leading figure in developmental biology. Her work helped lead to human in vitro fertilisation. She received many honours for her contributions to science, including being made an officer of the Royal Society. She was the daughter of Henry ...more

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Age: Died at 80 (1927-2007)

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Profession: Geneticist

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Denise Sheer was appointed Professor of Human Genetics at The Institute of Cell and Molecular Science at Queen Mary, University of London in November 2006. After completing a B.Sc degree at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburgin 1973, she ran the Diagnostic Cytogenetics laboratory at ...more

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Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

Profession: Geneticist, Educator

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Danielle Reed


Danielle Renee Reed is an American geneticist employed at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is most notable for her papers regarding genetic variation in taste and obesity in mice and humans. ...more

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Profession: Geneticist

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